• We are accredited by the Michigan Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association.

  • Our school hosts eight separate levels of education including preschool programs for three- and four-year old children, and Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.

  • Our Kindergarten program is held all day every day.

  • Religious education is a high priority. Catholic traditions, values, and morals are emphasized in every aspect of the student’s day. 


  • We offer childcare from 3-6pm each day.

  • S.M.V. School provides transportation (within limits) for students living outside of the Hopkins Public School system at no extra cost. Those residing in the Hopkins Public School district will receive HPS transportation services.

  • As part of their Shared-Time program, Hopkins Public Schools provide weekly instruction for the following subjects: Physical Fitness, Art, and Music.

  • We have a fifteen-station computer lab for students with an additional computer in each classroom. Also, every classroom has a Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) to engage students in learning.

  • Each staff member has a classroom website connected to school website.

  • We offer interscholastic sports opportunities such as girls’ volleyball and basketball, boys’ basketball, and co-ed bowling through a partnership with St. Stanislaus for fifth and sixth graders. We participate as members of the Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council (GRACEAC).

  • Special services are provided on site by Allegan Area Educational Service Agency and HPS for speech, hearing, occupational therapy, and social services after identification of need.

  • Our 28-year-old building is on one level and 100% handicap accessible.  Our two-acre playground offers an abundance of play space for all ages.



  • Students celebrate with students from four other Catholic Schools annually.

  • All kdg.-6th grade students attend a student-led Mass celebration once per week as well as on Holy Days of Obligation and other special days like Ash Wednesday.

  • Students participate in a variety of service projects throughout the year.

  • Weekly Stations of the Cross are attended during Lent.

  • Rosary is prayed daily during the months of October (month of the rosary) and May (Mary’s month).

  • Students participate in a May Crowning celebration. Catholic Schools Week is celebrated with daily activities.



  • Community Involvement

    • Nursing Home Friendship

    • Senior Citizens Breakfast during Catholic Schools Week

    • Academic Fairs—Math, Science, Geography, Language Arts, Faith

    • Christmas Program

    • Family Fun Night

    • Dinner & Auction

    • Spring Music Program & Art Show 

    • Grandparents’ Day

    • Graduation

  • Parent Involvment

    • By virtue of having a student in our school, all parents are members of our Home and School Association.

    • Fundraising is organized by parents including administration of the Scrip Program

    • Room Parents

    • Classroom Volunteers

Incoming Preschoolers

Please contact the office for any additional questions.  We are happy to welcome you to tour our facility and meet our staff.

Your 4 year old preschool student may have the option of bussing either through Hopkins Public Schools or our own SMV School bus.

 Kdg-6th Grade

Incoming K - 6

Students living within the Hopkins Public Schools district may be bussed to and from St. Mary’s Visitation by the Hopkins Public School Transportation Department. Arrangements can be made with the Hopkins Transportation Department.
Students living in other school districts may make other travel arrangements or rely on the St. Mary’s Visitation School bus for transportation. Arrangements can be made in the school office.

Hot Lunch Program
A hot lunch and milk program is available each day provided by the Hopkins Public Schools Food Service Program.

Contact Us!

St. Mary's Visitation Catholic School

2455 - 146th Avenue SW

Byron Center, MI 49315

616-681-9701  Ext. 201

616-638-8708 (Through Closure)